Friday, November 2, 2012

Why YA?

Why YA???

The young adult 'genre' of books has become increasingly popular with the birth of the Harry Potter series, the Twilight Saga, and so many more great books (ahem, The Hunger Games??)! More and more authors want to write YA. Whether they choose to because of the popularity, the fast transformations young adults make, the issues at hand in a young adult life, the imagination, or whatever! Either way, there is appeal. And not just for teenagers... Adults everywhere love this genre! Most of the YA book bloggers aren't even teens! This genre has become so popular that many of the big box office movies stem from YA books now! It's great!! Click 'read more' to find out why The (YA) Bookcase loves YA books... 

I'm writing on this topic because of the humongous giveaway happening over at author Beth Revis's site, in honor of young adult books and the month of giving! Seriously, go check it out! You win a new LIBRARY!!!!! 

Sign up here to enter! 
So why do I love YA books? Hmm...that's a really good question! Many of my friends, although young adults themselves, tend to read adult books or more commonly--not read at all! (The horror! I know...) However I do have a couple key points about the young adult 'genre', as I've been calling it, that stick out to me... 
  • Pacing 
  • Hooking first chapters 
  • Issues at hand
  • Relatable
  • Writing style 
  • The community 
Young adult books tend to be paced better, I find. Obviously, there are exceptions, but in general young adult books seem to dwell less on the unimportant detail and stick to nice, concise, sometimes beautiful detail! What really matters to the reader?? Because that's where young adults start closing the book... 

Hooking first chapters
This goes hand in hand with pacing. You can lose a teenager really fast... They don't have long attention spans--didn't anyone tell you? And frankly, neither do most adults! We want action, mystery, intrigue, originality, and so much more! The first chapter is vital in terms of keeping your reader...reading. Young adult books tend to be really good at this! 

Issues at hand and Relatable 
I'm clumping these two together. First off, issues at hand... I find they're more interesting and relatable to me than going bankrupt or getting a divorce. I'm not there in my life yet and for the adults that are, who wants to read about it too?? Sure, I love adult books as well, but I always go back to young adult books because they're refreshing. You can retell the same story in so many different ways, and it's even more interesting when the main character is supernatural or has an angel boyfriend! But that could just be me... 

Writing style
Generally speaking young adult books seem to be less dense with unneeded information and they also seem to be more interesting... I don't know, I've seen a lot of amazing adult writing, even beautiful and intriguing and whatnot, but those seem more few and far between (on my level!) than young adult books. They seem to be written  differently, and YA writers come up with more and more ways to be innovative in their writing style. Again, this could just be me! But I like how young adult authors write. They're books are at a lower reading level than adult books, and sometimes it's just nice to be able to fly through a book! 

The community 
The community! Authors, you know what I'm talking about... There are so many young adult bloggers and teens and authors on the web! There's so much interaction. Not that there isn't with adults, but let's face it, teens tend to be a bit more tech savvy... 

So there you have it! That's why YA is my favorite. How about you?? Why do you like YA?? Let us know in the comments! 

Happy reading! 
Rachel, age 17 


  1. I think all of your points are spot on. Even though I am not a teenager anymore, I definitely need fast pacing and a good first chapter. I read a lot of books, partly because of blogging and partly because I'm nerdy like that, so I don't have time to waste on a story that isn't catching my interest. I'm a big fan of the community, too! It's so cool to be able to talk to and make friends with your favorite authors, and other booklovers! Good luck on the contest, I hope you get your new library :0)

    1. Sarah- Well said. I totally agree! If I'm not loving the book, I have a whole stack next to me that need reading, so there's not much stopping me from trying to push through a book that's not well paced or intriguing. Thanks for commenting!


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